Title: American homes and gardens
Year: 1905 (1900s)
Subjects: Architecture, Domestic Landscape gardening
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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e in thehouse of Dr. Grayat Hingham. It wasan inspiration! Thething had the per-sonality he wanted.It is the personalreminiscence everytime that makes suc- the architect. Thefor Mr. Cromwellscottage Witch Wood placed beside theelevation drawings of the average cottageproposition would appear as the drawingsfor a tessellated pavement beside an areato be flagged. Simply to copy them wouldrequire more time than a draughtsmanwould ordinarily spend tracing the plansfor several cottages; and speaking of copy-ing leads the writer to insert a word aboutan extremely elastic if not entirely obsoletecode of honor between architects calledprofessional courtesy. To his country place Mr. Cromwellgave the name of Witch Wood, embrac-ing an enviable piece of property of per-haps twenty acres, overlooking the valleyand village of Highland Mills, N. Y. Incommon with other works by the samearchitect it has no veranda, that is, noacknowledged veranda. What it has in-stead is a woodshed. That sounds queer.
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One of the Bedrooms Shows An Artistic and Effective Treatment March, 1907 AMERICAN HOMES AND GARDENS 93 cessful architecture. The mind musthave championship. The fashioningof deal-wood is no companionship nomatter how ingenious. Why do weneglect the natural grandeur ofAmerica—the Yosemite Valley andthe Rocky Mountains for Europe,every summer—that is every summerwe can? It is the ancient civilization,the same personal element that lurksin every nook and corner of WitchWood. The very panels of thegreat front door have their story, thecross of St. Andrew was the talismanused in Scarlet Letter days to drivethe witches off. The secret closet onthe stairway (see plan) concealed bythe stair paneling, if there be no realghosts in a new house, yet containsan imaginary treasure box hidden bya rich tory relative during the revolu-tion, not to forget the relics of theregicide who owed his life to the se-curity of this deftly contrived retreat.The secret closet is a mezzanine affairfitted into
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